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Why Everyone Should NOT Learn to Code

I am sure developers everywhere have seen the recent flood of articles being put out there on sites like CNN or Code.org etc about how everyone should learn to code. The world is going to become this utopian society where everyone is going to code and write applications as easily as it is to read. Won't it be great? You could possibly have your fridge telling you when you ran ...

A Review of Two Python Books

In today's blog post I am going to review two books on Python. I decided to do two because both of these books are essentially reference books from the Developer's Library series by Addison Wesley publishing. The first book I will be reviewing is titled "Python Essential Reference, Fourth Edition" by David M. Beazley. It is a bit of an oldie (2009) but I think is a great reference book ...

Habits That Programmers Should Adopt

We are human and that means we have habits. Some smoke, some write spaghetti code and others drink green tea instead of soda pop. Sometimes the best way to break ourselves of a habit is first to understand that we have one and then finding some advice on new habits that we could adopt to take their place. Over the last 15 years I have had a lot of habits ...

35 Google Glass Project Concept Ideas

As you may have seen already, Google has come out with a short video on their new Google Glass project and some of the plans they have in store for it. They are already inviting users over to San Francisco and New York for hackathons. But you don't need to be there playing with the Mirror API just to start planning your next project! We have some great ideas listed ...

Death of the Standalone App

You are probably an iOS or Android developer, or perhaps you are a just a casual user of apps, but have you taken a close look at which apps you use most? How many of them would you say are outside of the hardy staple of Gmail, Google Search, Facebook, Twitter, Google Maps or YouTube? Probably not many and if you do use others, probably not nearly as frequently as ...

The Dangers of JavaScript Frameworks, Libraries and Plugins

The recent explosion of JavaScript frameworks and libraries in web development has been undeniable. I can think of 10 libraries right off the top of my head and I have seen a site that lists 34 libraries just for visualizations. I am happy to see such a diverse ecosystem of easy to use tools sprouting up in the web development community. Certainly some of them make development a heck of ...